Blackpool North and Fleetwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°51′47″N 2°54′50″W / 53.863°N 2.914°W / 53.863; -2.914

Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Blackpool North and Fleetwood in Lancashire for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
19972010
Number of members One
Replaced by Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Lancaster and Fleetwood
Created from Wyre, Blackpool North

Blackpool North and Fleetwood was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1997 to 2010, it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Borough of Blackpool wards of Anchorsholme, Bispham, Claremont, Greenlands, Ingthorpe, Norbreck, and Warbreck; and the Borough of Wyre wards of Bailey, Bourne, Cleveleys Park, Jubilee, Mount, Park, Pharos, Rossall, Victoria, and Warren.

The so-called "Golden Mile" of Blackpool and the fishing port of Fleetwood were paired in this seat. Those against the move at the time tried to argue that Fleetwood was a genteel place that had little, if anything, in common with its noisy neighbour to the south; then, as now, the Boundary Commission disagreed with the idea that Blackpool was a "den of vice", as one local Fleetwood newspaper claimed.

This seat was abolished for the 2010 general election, when Fleetwood was linked with Lancaster to create a new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood. Meanwhile, the town of Thornton Cleveleys was split to create Blackpool North and Cleveleys.

Blackpool is a Unitary Authority but does not have enough electors to create two valid constituencies on its own without using electoral wards from Lancashire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1997 Joan Humble Labour
2010 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Humble 20,620 47.6 -3.2
Conservative Gavin Williamson 15,558 35.9 -1.4
Liberal Democrat Steven Bate 5,533 12.8 +3.1
UKIP Roy Hopwood 1,579 3.6 +1.4
Majority 5,062 11.7 -1.8
Turnout 43,290 57.7 +0.5
Labour hold Swing -0.9
General Election 2001: Blackpool North & Fleetwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Humble 21,610 50.8 -1.4
Conservative Alan Vincent 15,889 37.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Steven Bate 4,132 9.7 +1.1
UKIP Colin Porter 950 2.2 N/A
Majority 5,721 13.5 -3.2
Turnout 42,581 57.2 -14.4
Labour hold Swing -1.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Humble 28,051 52.1
Conservative Harold Elletson 19,105 35.5
Liberal Democrat Beverley Hill 4,600 8.6
Referendum Party Roy Hopwood 1,704 3.2
BNP Jon Ellis 288 0.5
Majority 8,946 16.7
Turnout 53,748 71.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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